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Jared Medina
Associate Professor
Accepting graduate students for 2019-2020
Office Hours:
Thursdays: 12:30-1:30
University of Delaware
216 Wolf Hall
Newark, DE 19716
Lab Address: CBBI
Lab Phone: 302-831-3690

Background and Interests

Although sights and sounds are experienced starting with changes in receptor surfaces (retina, eardrum), they do not have the same embodied component as in touch. This is likely because of the seemingly veridical relationship between the location of our receptor surface (skin) and the perceived location of sensation; one that makes it difficult to conceive that our body percepts are strictly a product of neural processes. However, the relationship between neural processes and body representations is clearly evident in individuals with impairments after amputation (phantom limbs), chronic pain, or brain damage. Research in the Medina lab is committed to understanding how we represent the body, how we integrate body representations with spatial, attentional, and motor systems, and how we represent the location of stimuli in our environment.

The research uses behavioral testing with brain damaged and neurologically intact individuals, along with non-invasive brain stimulation techniques.


Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

Courses Regularly Taught

PSYC100: Introduction to Psychology (Honors)

PSYC340: Cognition

PSYC667: Special Topics - Body and Space

Representative Publications

Medina, J., McCloskey, M., Coslett, H.B. & Rapp, B. (2014). Somatotopic representation of location: Evidence from the Simon Effect. Journal of Experimental Psychology – Human Perception and Performance, 40, 2131-2142.

Medina, J. & Rapp, B. (2014). Rapid experience-dependent plasticity following somatosensory damage. Current Biology, 24, 677-680.

Medina, J. & Coslett, H.B. (2010). From maps to form to space: Touch and the body schema. Neuropsychologia, 48, 645-654.

Medina, J., Kannan, V., Pawlak, M., Kleinman, J., Newhart, M., Davis, C., Heidler-Gary, J., Herskovits, E., & Hillis, A. (2009). Neural substrates of visuospatial processing in distinct reference frames: Evidence from unilateral spatial neglect.  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21, 2073-2084.

Medina, J. & Rapp, B. (2008). Phantom tactile sensations modulated by body position. Current Biology, 18, 1937-1942.




Cognitive Neuroscience of the Body SchemaMedina, Jaredjmedina<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/medina-lab2.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Using fMRI to Examine Post-Stroke Somatosensory PlasticityMedina, Jared;Liu, Yuqijmedina;yqliu<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/medina-lab4.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />
Mechanisms of Mirror-Touch SynesthesiaMedina, Jaredjmedina<img alt="" src="/Images%20Bios/medina-lab1.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />

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